At least twice per semester the Center sponsors a full-day conference on various topics of Renaissance study. Most conferences are free, and all are open to the public.


Italian Madrigal Festival and Conference

Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Presented by the UMass Amherst College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, and the Five College Early Music Program. This is a weekend conference on the Italian Madrigal at UMass Amherst featuring scholarly papers at the Renaissance Center on the 16th followed by concerts and round tables on the 17th. Check out the conference schedule. Tickets for the concerts listed can be purchased at the door.

Register for the conference on Saturday by calling 413-577-3600 or email Registration is free and open to the public.

Annual Swordsmanship Conference

Saturday, April 30 9:00 am -- 4:00 pm The Renaissance Center will host its annual conference on historical swordsmanship featuring both scholarly talks and demonstrations. Lunch will be provided. Please pre-register by April 29th at or at 413-577-3600.


Graduate Student Conference
Graduate students from around the country (and the world) present papers on Renaissance Studies topics.
$10 Entrance Fee includes lunch and breakfast

Swordsmanship Conference
Papers and demonstrations on medieval and Renaissance swordsmanship.
Free; pre-registration requested

History of the Book Symposium
Papers and discussion on the study of books as physical objects and the history of different books and manuscripts.
Free; pre-registration required


These conferences vary from year to year. Samples of past conference topics include Shakespeare and Dance (Fall 2008); Suspected Shakespeares (Spring 2008), John Calvin (Fall 2009); Renaissance Art (Fall 2010); The Spanish Golden Age (Spring 2010), Renaissance Gardens (Spring 2011); Animals in the Renaissance (Fall 2011); The King James Bible (Spring 2012); and Early New England (Fall 2012)